Sidney Literary Festival kicks off tonight

The Sidney Literary Festival kicks off Friday, Oct. 4 and features something for everyone, organizers say

Wendy Picken (left) and Sharon Hope

The Sidney Literary Festival kicks off today (Friday, Oct. 4) and features something for everyone over the three day event.

The festival spans the weekend and will include workshops, readings and meet-and-greets with local authors. A youth writing contest has also been taking place in advance of the Festival and the winners will be announced at a gala event on Saturday’s evening event. Honourable mention winners will be announced tonight (Friday) at the Friday night gala event at North Saanich Middle School.

Full information and an up-to-date schedule can be found online at sidneyliteraryfestival.com.

Sidney Literary Festival schedule

Tickets for all events are available at Tanners Books. All workshops for ages 9-18 are youth sponsored workshops.

FRIDAY — Age 12 to 15 writer’s workshop with Sylvia Olsen from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. at North Saanich School (register at school library).

Age 12 to 15 writer’s workshop with Wendy Morton from 1 to 2:20 p.m. at North Saanich Middle School (register at school library).

Age 16 to 18 writer’s workshop with Brian Brett at Parkland Secondary School from 11:30 to 1 p.m. (register at school library).

Friday night gala ($20) hosted by Gregor Craigie and Elizabeth May at North Saanich Middle School. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a student performance and readings by M.A.C. Farrant, Anny Scoones, Grant McKenzie, Sylvia Olsen, Pamela Porter and Nikki Tate.

SATURDAY — Pamela Porter, Grant McKenzie, Nicola Furlong and Joan Neudecker will be reading at the Sidney Pier Hotel in the Sallas Room on Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Patrick Lane and Anny Scoones will read and from 2 to 3 p.m. Susan Musgrave and Brian Brett will read from their works.

Mark  Zuehlke will be at the Military Book store from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and Arthur Black and M.A.C. Farrant from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Sidney Pier Hotel.

The Saturday night gala ($25) hosted by Wendy Morton happens at the Charlie White Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and will feature seven authors.

SUNDAY — Brunch hosted by Elizabeth May at the Sidney Pier Hotel from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $25 and several authors will be in attendance. Make reservations by calling 250-655-9445.